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Founder, CEO : Moya Design Partners
Paola Moya is the founder and chief executive officer of architecture, interiors and visual design firm Moya Design Partners. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the Catholic University of America. At age 30, she became partner at DC’s Marshall Moya Design, working on a variety of important projects such as the Howard Theatre renovation, Audi Field, MGM National Harbor, and Chuck Brown Memorial Park. In 2017, Paola accelerated her career and founded Moya Design Partners. MOYA’s diverse project portfolio includes Eastern Market Metro Park, housing and services for low-income families (Diane’s House) and the homeless (Downtown Day Services Center), and the new headquarters for DC’s Department of General Services (DGS). To support the firm’s goal of advancing social causes, Paola and the MOYA team has hosted Art After Dark, a charity event to support DC women and artists of color while raising funds to alleviate homelessness. The Washington Business Journal (WBJ) has recognized Paola for several accolades, including: “Women Who Mean Business” 2020 honoree; “Power 100 Playmakers”; a top “40 Under 40” professional; and a “Minority Business Leader of the Year.”


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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